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Goodbye Summer, Good Morning Fall

August 30, 2011

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Goodbye summer vacation! It’s been real.

It’s been a beautiful summer in Burlington and the beautiful days have certainly not come to an end. But while we all huddled inside waiting for Irene to blow over, a change came over the city. All of a sudden, the luxury of slow summer days have been snatched from our grasp. With school starting up, it’s time to be punctual, organized, and motivated again.

One of the saddest parts about summer ending is losing lazy mornings. A school day morning never has the same feeling as a weekend morning, even if you don’t have an early class. However, that doesn’t mean you have to start your day scrambling to get out the door with toast crumbs and homework print-outs trailing behind you. The key to having a good school day morning is preparation. I’ve been getting ready for my first day of school as I write this post, and have done just about everything I can to make my morning easier. If you, like me, want to enjoy your final precious moments in bed every morning, here’s the Tea&Beer checklist for making a graceful morning exit:

1. Pack lunch the night before. Packing a lunch is a win-win if you can get organized enough to do it. It’s cheaper and healthier than buying out and it doesn’t take too long. Just add some portable foods to your grocery list (like apples, bananas, trail mix, yogurt, and tea bags) and take advantage of dinner leftovers whenever you can.

2. On a similar note, to save yourself a little time packing lunch on week nights, try chopping your carrot or celery sticks, or whatever vegetable you want to bring for lunch all at once on Sunday. Then you just need to grab a handful of them and throw them in a Tupperware each day.

3. Set out your clothes. And don’t forget to check the weather so you know your outfit will work.

4. Take the time tonight to find your keys, phone, wallet, and anything you need to bring with you tomorrow, so you’re not rushing around the house looking for them in the morning.

5. Make sure there are healthy breakfast foods that you actually like to eat in your cupboards. First thing in the morning is not a good time to expect yourself to be good about upholding your New Year’s resolution to eat only carrot sticks and cottage cheese. Not that you need to have Cookie Crisp in your cupboards, but make sure there’s something more substantial than half a grapefruit, so that don’t go without breakfast.

6. Set your alarm clock and if you don’t have an early class, try to give yourself  a little time to read or listen to the news over a cup of tea when you wake up. The 15 minutes of relaxation will feel like the ultimate luxury on a weekday, and while you’re still a bit sleepy you’ll really be able to sink into your book without any mental distractions.

7. Make a to do list for tomorrow. Even if the list is miles long, you can relax a little knowing that you won’t forget to do anything important.

8. After you’ve made your to do list, you might be a little freaked out about everything on it. Take some time to mentally prepare while you go through your night time routine. Be realistic with yourself about what parts of your day you are nervous about. Is there any preparation you can do to put your nerves at ease? If there is, do it.

9. If there isn’t anything more you can do to get ready for your busy day, then do something enjoyable and relaxing. Watch the Daily Show, read a book, or listen to a podcast to keep yourself from freaking out about the day ahead of you and help you fall asleep more easily.

Of course, you won’t get a perfect score on preparation every night, but by putting in even just a few minutes to get ready, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress in the morning. Happy school year everyone!

Preview for Friday: Preparing for a road trip, 9 months out.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2011 10:37 am

    Oh no, it’s not quite the end of summer is it!

    • August 30, 2011 10:50 am

      You’re right, it’s not officially! But it’s the end of summer vacation for us students!

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